The New Jersey Devils finished the 2018-19 season in the basement of the Metropolitan Division. With the changes they made, can they challenge teams like the New York Islanders for a playoff spot?
After making the playoffs for the first time in six years, the New Jersey Devils took a step back in 2018-19. While the New York Islanders were challenging for the division lead, the Devils fell to the basement with 72 points on the season.
Just eight years ago the Devils were two wins away from their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. But since, the Devils have fallen on hard times.
Getting back to the playoffs consistently and maybe even challenging for a cup was taking too long for GM Ray Shero.
Sure, he had a number one overall in Nico Hischier. He had a former number one overall and recent Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall. He even had promising blueliner Will Butcher. But the rest of the lineup needed a shakeup.
Rather than take a few years to get there Shero got aggressive in the 2019 offseason.
Along with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, the Devils GM sought to retool his team quick and escape from the basement by bringing in a number of quality players.
But will it be enough to get out?